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Wests Tigers will head into the NRL season without forwards Matt Groat and James Gavet through injury.

Groat suffered a toe injury during an opposed session at Concord Oval last week. The latest diagnosis shows Groat may spend up to 10 weeks on the sideline.

Gavet (pictured) is out with a foot injury following an off field accident and could be out for between five to six months.

Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Mick Potter described the injuries as unfortunate.

It is just an unfortunate thing that has happened. Matt and James were looking okay at training too, Potter said.

Matt got his ankle, foot and toe caught in the ground and got some weight on the back of it.

He had been working hard and his shape was looking better too. These things just happen when you are playing contact sport.

Potter said the enthusiasm Gavet had shown since joining the Club prior to the Christmas break had stepped up another level.

I like some of the things James does, Potter said.

He still has got a few things to work on. James is quiet on the field and needs to get a little more vocal. He is still feeling his way with what we are doing here.

Both Matt and James are understandably shattered by these cruel injuries but they now need to attend to their rehabilitation with professionalism and discipline.

We'll support them all the way and I'll be looking for them both to make their contributions to our season later in the year.



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